Thursday, January 22, 2009

Illinois Moment of Silence in Schools Ruled Unconstitutional

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CHICAGO — A federal judge has ruled that a state law requiring a moment of silence in public schools across Illinois is unconstitutional, saying it crosses the line separating church and state.

"The statute is a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion," U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman said in his ruling Wednesday.

It has come to the point where I would say that only those parents who don't want their child contemplating religion should continue to send their children to the government schools. I agree that I wouldn't necessarily want my child to be taught anything about God at a government school since I know that I wouldn't trust them to do so accurately, but to not even allow a moment of silence?

Prayer in government schools used to be non denominational and basically Christian, in agreement with the overwhelming majority of American citizen's faith and values. In 1782, the United States Congress passed the following resolution: "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."

The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the First Amendment requires public school officials to be neutral in their treatment of religion, showing neither favoritism toward nor hostility against religious expression such as prayer. Good News Club v. Milford Cent. Sch., 533 U.S. 98 (2001); Everson v. Board of Educ., 330 U.S. 1 (1947).

However, in their effort to be neutral, they have swung so far to the left that they seem to think that allowing for any religious contemplation by the students is somehow crossing that line. The only people who should be comfortable with going this far to remove all consideration for any contemplation of the existance of God from our school systems are the atheists and indifferent agnostics. If that's what they want, let them have the school system. Then the government will be forced to change it or abandon it all together, allowing our money that continually goes to pay for these schools to be better spent.

By sending our children to government schools and not combating the indifference on a daily basis at home, we have been raising godless generations since the 1960s. We will reap what we sow.

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